Category Archives: Childcare

5 cheep ways to make Easter egg-stra special

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Easter was one of my favourite holidays as a kid. Sweets were usually rationed in my house, so we all looked forward to the one day a year when we could eat chocolate for breakfast!

Looking back on it, I now see why my mum limited our sugar intake. For anyone looking after kids this Easter; good luck.

Having two energetic nephews to entertain this Easter myself, I realise that luck probably isn’t enough. That’s why I’ve put together a list of my favourite thrifty egg-themed Easter games, DIY activities and recipes (as well as many egg-related puns) to give you a few ideas for the long weekend. These activities will help your little ones blow off steam (and the sugar rush!), and they’re pretty good fun for adults too…

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Child benefit – what are you entitled to? [infographic]

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If you’re an expectant parent, it’s important to know what benefits are available during maternity and paternity leave, and beyond. After all, maximising your income really helps even when you feel you’re OK.

There’s lots of help and support available from the Government that’s specifically designed to help parents and families during this important time in your life.

To help make it clear what benefits are available to you, the Money Advice Service has created this really helpful infographic designed to show each benefit the Government provides, if you’re eligible, and how you can apply.

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Know your rights – November’s debt news

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Debt news

Catch up with this month’s debt news!

There’s been so much going on in the world of debt news this month, I hardly know where to start.

How about the holiday pay plans a’brewing?

Or the fact that as a nation we’ve been conned out of £24m by telephone fraudsters this year?

Or the news that Wonga is removing their sponsorship from kiddies’ football kits?

If you’ve not had time to catch up with the latest debt news, it’s time to put your feet up and have a read…

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4 cheap ideas for kids’ packed lunches

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4 cheap ideas for kids' packed lunches

Keep your kids happy with these fun and thrifty lunchtime treats!

Earlier this month, we heard the news that all school children between the ages of five and seven will now be given free school meals. The initiative is set to save families a whopping £437 per year, which is great news for anyone who’s eligible.

As well as saving money, it means fewer families will have to do the packed lunch dash each morning!

But if this initiative doesn’t affect your family, how can you make sure your kids are getting a healthy, nutritious meal without breaking the bank?

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8 thrifty ways to enjoy a rainy day

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Ideas to occupy kids on a rainy day

Keep the kids entertained when it rains

Keeping kids occupied can be difficult at the best of times. If it’s bucketing down outside and you’re on a tight budget then it can be tough to find ways to keep boredom at bay.

Occupying kids during the wet weather can mean expensive trips to the cinema or having to buy them new things to distract them from their boredom. This doesn’t need to be the case.

We’ve scoured the internet for ideas that are high on imagination but low on cost and we think kids will love them.

Whether it’s turning a blanket into a fort or your living room into a dance floor, you’ll find that you can have fun without spending loads of cash. Continue reading »


What help can I get towards my childcare costs?

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They're totally worth it!

They’re totally worth it!

The big events in life keep getting more and more expensive. Owning a house, getting married, travelling the world, having kids, even learning to drive and owning a car is becoming too expensive.

Most people would consider a house to be the biggest expense you’ll ever have, but recent figures have shown that childcare costs are similar to the average annual UK mortgage payment (which was estimated at £7,207 in 2012).

This, along with the statistic that it costs an average of £227,000 to raise a child could be enough to put anyone off having kids…but as we all know, it doesn’t! Continue reading »


How can I reduce my childcare costs?

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Choose the right childcare for you and your child

Choose the right childcare for you and your child

There are so many options out there when it comes to childcare.

Having recently been through the turmoil of entrusting the most precious thing in my life into the hands of relative strangers, I totally empathise with anyone having to do the same!

No matter what you choose, it’s important that you plan early. There may be waiting times if your area is oversubscribed so thinking ahead will help to ensure that you’re not forced into making a decision. Continue reading »